…As 4 die and 4 injured in Anambra multiple accident***
Four persons were confirmed dead, while 12 others sustained various degrees of injuries in a lone accident, involving a Mazda bus around Isara bridge on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, Spokesperson, Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), confirmed the incident in Abeokuta on Monday.
Akinbiyi said that the accident, which occurred at about 2:20pm, was caused by a tyre burst while on high speed, resulting in the bus somersaulting.
He said that 16 people, made up of three male adults, eight female adults and five male children, were involved in the accident.
Akinbiyi said that four people died on the spot and their corpses have been deposited at the FOS morgue.
“We learnt the commercial bus, loaded with 16 passengers, including the driver, was on transit from Lagos to Ibadan when the rear tyre burst due to speeding.
”Four passengers died on the spot, made up of a five-year-old boy, two male adults and one female adult,” he said.
He added that the injured were taken to Idera Hospital, Sagamu and Victory Hospital, Ogere Remo, while the deceased were deposited at FOS Mortuary, Ipara Remo.
While commiserating with the family of the deceased, he called on motorists to avoid excessive speeding.
However in Anambra, four persons have also been confirmed dead following an accident involving three vehicles at Obosi, along Onitsha-Owerri road in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra.
Mr Andrew Kumapayi, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Anambra, who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Awka on Monday, saying the accident occurred “at about noon”.
“Preliminary findings show that it was caused by brake failure and loss of control,” he indicated.
The FRSC official said that a total of 13 persons – eight males and five females – were involved in the accident with four of them killed in the crash.
He said that four persons, who sustained injuries, were rushed to Unity Hospital, Obosi, by FRSC rescue team from Oraifite Unit Command, while bodies of the deceased were deposited at the hospital’s mogue.
Kumapayi urged motorists to ensure regular maintenance of their vehicles and ensure they met minimum safety standards before entering the road.